Rough Raquette Snowshoe Race

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Join us for the first ever Rough Raquette on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023, 9 a.m. in Raquette Lake. The Rough Raquette is a 5K snowshoe or one-mile fun run or walk. The completely flat course will take place on the ice, starting near town and head toward South Bay before looping back to town. It is an out and back race. The race will start out on the ice approximately ¼ mile from the village. Be sure to allow time to get to the starting area after your arrival. The 1 mile fun run and 5K run concurrently and share the same course for the first ½ mile. Loaner snowshoes will not be available.
It is Winter Carnival Weekend in Raquette Lake and we encourage you to stick around to take advantage of the other events in town. Youth activities start at 11 a.m. and include plenty of fun games. Ladies Frying Pan Toss at 12 Noon, Ice Golf at 2 p.m. and bonfire all day. Fireworks on Saturday night at dusk! On Sunday at noon, it’s the Timed Cross-cut and chainsaw competition. Competitors welcome! For more information on the Winter Carnival call 518-624-3077.
9 a.m. Packet pick up begins at 8 a.m. on the ice, in front of the Raquette Lake Supply.
Village of Raquette Lake. On the ice in front of the store.
The race venue is completely outside on the lake. Be prepared with warm clothing and dry clothes for after the race. Keep in mind winds on the lake can be strong at times. Suggested clothing includes warm layers, gloves, hat, long tights or waterproof breathable pants. Snowshoes can be any style – metal, plastic or wood. We will have a campfire going near the start line. There will be portable toilets nearby on shore.
Free parking is available in the village, but space is limited. Please plan to carpool if possible.
In the unlikely event of no snow, we can still participate on the ice. A decision will be made 15 minutes before the race if snowshoes will be worn based on race day conditions. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have suitable traction devices that are safe for you to walk or run on. Recommended traction includes Kahtoola MicroSpikes or NanoSpikes. You can also make your own pair of screw shoes.
In the event of unsafe ice or windchill temperatures below -10, the race will not take place. A decision will be made by noon on the day prior to the race.
Entry Fee/Registration
In lieu of a registration fee, participants are asked to make a suggested donation in the amount of $30 for the 5K and $20 for the 1 mile fun run/walk. All money raised will benefit the Camp Huntington Historic Building Preservation Fund.
Online race registration will be accepted. Registration day of the event will need to be cash or check only. No electronic devices will be available for registration.
Sorry, no refunds or deferrals to a future race of the donation.
Posted race results will be available on our site on Monday, Feb. 20.
Rhonda Pitoniak, or 607-753-5485
About the Series
Raquette Lake got its name from the French word for snowshoe. Knowing that the weather cannot be predicted and winter everchanging, the name, Rough Raquette seemed appropriate. All proceeds from the event will go toward the historic preservation efforts at Camp Huntington, also known as, Camp Pine Knot.
Camp Pine Knot is the first Great Camp of the Adirondacks and was originally built by William West Durant beginning in the mid-1870s. The original log and bark-sided structures have held up well, but need constant upkeep and preservation to ensure they are here for future generations.
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